The Library Connection
The Monthly Newsletter of the Eastern
Shores Library System
Volume 27 Number 7 July 2007
for the Summer 2007 Bookmobile Schedule
an article by Renira Pachuta, Ozaukee County News Graphic
Faces of Freedom, a collection of
stories about members of our armed forces, who lost their lives in Iraq or
Afghanistan was presented to Mary Marquardt, Director of Cedarburg Public Library, by Valerie A.
Nichols. Nichols, who grew up
in Cedarburg, contributed two stories to the collection.
“I was honored and humbled to be able to interview two families
who lost a loved one in Iraq," Nichols states.
Service men and women from all 50 states and Puerto
Rico are represented in Faces of Freedom.
Nichols writes about Army Spc. Michelle M. Witmer of New Berlin,
Spc. Witmer was the first female national guard ever killed in
action and the 16th Wisconsin soldier killed in Iraq.
She died in Badhdad on April 9, 2004.
Nichols second contribution memorializes Marine Corporal Michael
Halal, from Phoenix, Arizona who was killed during his second deployment
to Iraq. Halal was killed
while working a combat patrol on September 13, 2004.
Contributors to Faces of Freedom, include
“Nationally acclaimed authors, military veterans and print and broadcast
journalists," writes Rebecca Pepin, editor of the project.
Pepin also acknowledged that the contributing authors donated their
services. The proceeds from
the sales of the project will be donated to two organizations that help
wounded veterans and their families; Fisher House (www.fisherhouse.org)
and Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).
Information on ordering the book can be found at http://www.wentworthprinting.com/facesoffreedom/.
Gilbert Welytok, is a patent attorney and author who is the facilitator of
the Ozaukee/Northshore Inventors' and Entrepreneurs' Forum.
fourth Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. there is an economic development project that
is having a ripple effect throughout the state of Wisconsin and bringing
dollars into the state.
For just about a year now, the Northshore Inventors and Entrepreneurs'
Forum has met at the Frank L. Weyenburg Public Library in Mequon. The
"I&E Club" has become a gathering place for inventors,
patent attorneys, investors, overseas and domestic manufacturers and
product marketing representatives. More than 70 inventors attended the
last meeting, some driving from as far as Green Bay and Eau Claire.
Library staff have stayed overtime to make it happen.
Reference librarians have stepped up to plate to find the resources needed
to inspire inventors to produce their products, perfect their prototypes
and seen launch products and businesses that bring dollars into Wisconsin.
They have been known to stay well past their quitting time to
enthusiastically assist budding entrepreneurs how to leverage library
resources to valuable market and production research.
Although the economic impact of the I&E Club library program has yet
to be quantified, it supporting the library system is perhaps one of the
best economic investments our state can make. It is ground zero for
launching businesses and products in our community. The library is where
skills are taught on a walk-in basis, marketing research occurs and
answers are available.
Job training programs have limited success and satisfaction. Few can be
tailored to the aspirations of an individual. Fewer yet are geared toward
creative professionals in our community who want to take ideas to the next
The type of entrepreneurial environment our legislators have been trying
to foster for decades is taking place at the local library.
Here as some ideas that are launching from behind the bookshelves:
|John Suckow, our club's co-facilitator, conceived his
first invention while employed laying flooring.
His invention, a successful flooring tool, enjoys a
worldwide market. Encouraged, he has gone on to invent and sell thirty other products. His young
son holds two patents. John has created a culture of entrepreneurship that will last into the
next generation, and never misses a meeting or a chance to help
other inventors meet with similar success. He is now
co-facilitating the club.|
|One young woman has just signed a licensing agreement
with a game and hobby item manufacturer for national
distribution of the product which will supplement her day job at a nursing home. Through the library she has learned to use
a computer and gained skills that no community college curriculum
|One savvy entrepreneur in our club, with the help of
another attendee, purchased a dormant patent from
her prior employer and is negotiating a $1.2MM sales agreement with a transportation
company with the help of contacts she met
at the I&E Club. |
|A group of PhD and University student members openly
discussing their dilemma of being required to publish
a thesis without patenting their ideas. |
The library is a minimal economic investment for the state to bring a
community together and provide individualized assistance to anyone with an
For more about Jill <http://www.mequonnow.com/story/index.aspx?id=564350>|
The next meeting will be in September See www.milwaukeepatents.com
for more information.
To e-mail Jill <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>|
To go to Jill's web site <http://www.milwaukeepatents.com/>
Trixine Tahtinen, Oostburg Public Library
This year's summer reading theme, "Get a
clue" was a great opportunity to introduce kids to some of the
mystery series they may not have discovered on their own. As we learned
form Patti Sinclair in our spring workshop, reading mysteries are
wonderful for reading skills development plus mysteries are my own personal
favorite reading choice. So we had several weekly programs this summer,
each based on different children's mystery series.
Doing a series themed program is easy, cost effective
and can help boost those circulation figures. For the younger kids we did Cam
Jansen and Nate the Great based programs and for the older kids
we did Hank the Cowdog and Boxcar Children programs.
For the Cam Jansen and the Nate the Great
programs we had several of the books on display, book talked some of the
titles, and shared one of the titles. Each program included a theme related
craft. For Can Jansen we made tissue paper binoculars and for Nate
the Great we made the deerstalker hat and magnifying glass from the Nate
the Great website.
For the Hank the Cowdog and the Boxcar
Children programs we had activities such as trivia quizzes and mad libs.
book talked some of the titles and made a related craft. For the boxcar
children program we collected shoe boxes ahead of time (a local shoe
store was willing to save them for us plus we put a sign up at the desk
asking patrons for shoe boxes). Each child made a "boxcar"
diorama. The only instructions we gave them was to design a boxcar that
would be one they would want to live in. They were very creative. One
had tube cannons to keep away trespassers.
In these days of soaring costs of performers and
dwindling budgets, these in-house programs have proven to be popular and
definitely a way to tie the program to books, increase our circulation and
be more interactive for the kids.
Mary Maddox, Learning Systems
The Spanish early literacy parent-child activity
materials have been updated. These are free reproducible language
and early literacy activities in English and Spanish. The updates include
more colloquial Spanish, and other editing. The translators who
conducted the revisions are from the Jose Marti Child Development Center,
El Centro de la Raze, Seattle, WA.
The development of these materials was supported by
Grant H324M020084 from the U.S. Department of Education , Office of
Special Education Programs. They were developed by Angela Notari-Syverson,
Ph.D. and Kristin Ritter, PhD, with Judy Challenger, Faith Hearting Sadler,
Young Soak Lim, Ph.D., Marilyn Sturm, and Rod Headland.
These materials include forty-six home and community activities for adults
and preschool children that encourage early language and literacy
development in young children. They are appropriate for children
with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically.
Each of the forty-six activities includes 1) An activity
description, 2) Hints for making the activity fun and
developmentally appropriate, and 3) A brief self-evaluation form
that cues parents and other caregivers to notice their children's skills,
and also cue adults to examine and grow their own interactions with their
The materials are specifically designed to address the three key skills of
1) language development, 2) phonological awareness, and 3) general print
The files are in PDF format to allow easy and secure downloading.
Five files for each language (Spanish and English) include:
· Table of contents listing the
· Level 1 activities
(activities designed for developmentally younger children)
· Level 2 activities
(activities that include a stronger focus on print)
· Level 3 activities
(activities that focus on more complex language use)
· A brief activity
The materials may be copied and distributed as long as they are not sold.
*To download materials go to www.walearning.com
and click on the purple button that says "Free Parent Education
Handouts" on the home page.*
They anticipate having early math materials and other
downloads in the Fall. For questions contact Mary Maddox, Washington
Learning Systems, 2212 Queen Anne Ave. No. Ste. 726
Seattle, WA 98109; (206) 310-7401 FAX (206) 283-9243 <mailto:email@example.com>
Tanya Smith and Lorraine Pashley of St. Nicholas Home
Hospice will present a program to librarians on September 7, 2007.
St. Nicholas Home Hospice is an agency within the St. Nicholas
Hospital that provides end of life care to those in our community that are
facing life limiting illnesses. Tanya Smith is a registered nurse with 10 years experience in
this field and a Hospice and Palliative certified nurse.
She holds the position of Hospice Coordinator.
Her co-presenter will be Lorraine Pashley.
Lorraine is the Hospice Liaison Nurse for the agency.
She is responsible for processing all Hospice referrals, ensuring
continued relations with the community, and a resource person for the
hospital staff and the community. Lorraine
specialized in community education. She
has been involved in end of life care for more than 13 years.
Smith and Pashley’s presentation will help
librarians understand the role hospice plays in our communities and
suggest ways that librarians can provide service to individuals in hospice
care or to their friends and families.
Their presentation is part of LSTA Grant, ESLS=Extending the
Services of Libraries to Seniors.
The program is being held in the meeting room at
Plymouth Public Library at 9:30, Friday, September 7.
The program is open to the public.
A similar program will be held in Ozaukee County.
Wondering what to do for displays during the lazy,
hazy, days of summer. Perhaps some of these will help you build a display:
Megan McFarlane, Coordinator, @ your library, The Campaign for
If your library is promoting literacy or library
services to children, young adults or adults and using a baseball-related
theme you may be eligible for the “Batting for literacy @ your
library” award. The
winner will earn a trip to the 2008 Baseball Hall of Fame Game in
Cooperstown, New York. A behind-the-scenes tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Museum and Library is part of the prize.
Nominate yourself or a colleague by September 1,
2007. A one-page description
of how the theme was used and examples of baseball-related programming and
publicity for programming must be included in the application.
Complete guidelines and an application are available at www.ala.org/baseballaward.
Nominees must be ALA members to be eligible.
The Baseball Hall of Fame is a Founding Partner in
The Campaign for America’s Libraries.
The “Batting for Literacy” award is part of the Step Up to the
Plate @ your Library promotion. For
more information on “Step up” go to www.ala.org/baseball.
*September is library card sign up month. ALA has announced
that Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the 2006 Super Bowl champion
Pittsburgh Steelers, has been named as the spokesperson. For more
information visit http://www.ala.org/ala/pio/otherinit/card/librarycard.htm
*The following sessions will be presented via
WisLine web conferencing. All that's necessary to participate is a
computer with internet access to view the presentation and a telephone to
hear the audio. Register at: http://www.uwex.edu/ics/wlwreg/wlwwelcome.cfm
From the welcome page, select the sponsoring organization WI DPI,
and then scroll down to the relevant session title and click on the date.
If you've used the service before, login to the system by entering your
username and password. If you've never used the system, just click on the
"Sign up" link to set up a new account. After logging in, your
account information is displayed on the registration page. After
submitting your registration, you'll receive a web page confirmation
containing the information you submitted and instructions for entering the
web conference. You can print the page at this point or follow the links
for further information. You'll also receive an email confirmation for
Patron Initiated ILL - Orientation for Library Staff
Users - (60 min.) August 7 (Tuesday) 10-11:00 a.m.
Patron-Initiated requesting allows patrons/users to create their own ILL
requests in WISCAT. This session will explain how a library's
patrons/users create their own ILL requests in the WISCAT union catalog
and track them in AGent. Training will show how the library ILL
staff manages and mediates those requests in WISCAT.
WISCAT Orientation (not Interlibrary Loan) - (60 min.)
August 23 (Thursday) 3-4:00 p.m. or September
19 (Wednesday) 4-5:00 p.m.
An introductory orientation for library staff new to using WISCAT.
Basics of searching WISCAT; adding/deleting/modifying holdings on a WISCAT
record; selecting preferences for staff and public interfaces.
(Interlibrary Loan orientation is covered in a separate session)
* This year’s Keynote speaker for WLA ( October
16 - 19) will be author and Pulitzer Prize Winner, David Maraniss.
Mr. Maraniss promises to be extremely entertaining! He is the author
of last year’s best-selling book, Clemente: The Passion and Grace of
Baseball’s Last Hero. He has also written First in his
Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton; and the Pulitzer winner: They
Marched into Sunlight: War, Peace, and America 1967. Speaking
at the Green Bay Conference, you can't help but remember his award-winning
book, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi.
Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front lines of the Civil Rights
Movement, written by Ann Bausum of Beloit and published by National
Geographic, has been selected winner of the 2007 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla
Award by the Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library
Association’s Youth Services Section. The Award is given annually to the
most distinguished work in literature for children written and/or
illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator.
*Neat New Stuff and ExLibris
The How-To Geek http://www.howtogeek.com/
Drawing on his own experiences and questions from readers, the geek offers
and archives how-to advice on many software and programming problems. The
site also includes several blogs. RSS feed is available.
*According to Chester Elton, author of The
Carrot Principle, managers should be specific in their praise. Telling
a staff member they went the extra mile in a specific circumstance has
higher impact than just telling them they are doing a great job all the
* At the request of the Youth Services Section (YSS)
of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA), the Division is collaborating
with ten Systems to offer a fall Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Training.
This will take place on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at the Bay Beach
Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay, the day before the WLA Conference.
* As Harry Potter's saga ends with the release of
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" on July 21, the Young
Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), of (ALA), has prepared a list
of read-alikes and resources. Check out the 2008 Popular Paperbacks YA
in the Real World" as a starting point for Harry
read-alikes. This list of recommended reading is meant to encourage teens
to imagine what life would be like if magic really existed.